Monday, April 24, 2017


Ok all, if you aren't in the market for an adorable sheep print,
this post isn't for you.

If you are one of the many many many people that have emailed inquiring about this print, here is the more detailed explanation because honestly I just don't want to keep emailing the same response to hopeful inquirers and dashing their dreams.

The sheep print that I hung in our daughter's nursery is probably my favourite piece in the room. It showcases 3 sheep which kind of look like a daddy, mommy and baby sheep. It perfectly depicted how I felt about our little family growing and apparently it has struck a chord with many of you as well.

I purchased this print fully framed the way you see it from an art wholesaler that I use here in Canada for the shop. They do not release the print info to me so I don't even know where one would source this information from.

If you are a local shopper or within driving distance I can for sure help you acquire this print for your home. Please call the shop 908-892-9000 or email me at and we can help you on your way. It is an average 4-6 week wait for the company to prepare this print for me.

If you aren't local, the unfortunate answer is because of the way that I receive this massive print framed I am not entirely comfortable with shipping this anywhere.

I hope this answers some more of the questions for any of you that were interested.

Have a good day,


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Before and After: who doesn't love a makeover with paint; the front hall goes white

Good morning everyone.

Its high time I dusted off this microphone and shared..... something.

Anything really.

To say that life has gotten a little crazy is a vast understatement.

This whole mom-business owner-maker thing is a giant pile of Jenga just waiting to crash but so far we are holding it up there and steam trooping right along and still keeping our sanity. [that may be an overstatement.]

Having said that Trevor and I had birthdays recently [we are one day apart, technically since I am a leap year baby, 3 years out of 4 we are the same day] and instead of buying a gift I asked for my front hall to be repainted. Since I am fortunate enough to have a husband that enjoys painting he obliged. Now I get a lovely white front hall before and after to share with you guys.

Indulging in my love of white walls to show off our collections I wanted to get rid of the dark grey that has been here for years.

I used my go to white in this house of White Dove by Benjamin Moore to replace the Rockport Grey which you can see below. The space for a front hall is not small but it was just starting to feel dark all the time and I wanted light. Dark walls of course becoming a thing now in interior decor so of course I zigged and went with white walls.

I like to do the opposite. Although I did contemplate painting a wall black in here.

i changed up this corner vignette in the front hall a bit. i moved the african bronze statue into the front hall out of the living room and planted her head with jasmine. i am really loving the whimsical effect of "hair" it is having. the brass antelope weighs a billion pounds but he is looking quite stately watching over everything. his name is edward for those asking. [and he is available through my shop if you were also going to ask that]

we left the barrel island because we love it but i removed the mannequin and some other items in here to flatten this area out and "feel" like there is more room. 

instead of having the subway scroll on that wall by the door, i moved part of our collection of antique group war photos to this wall. the subway scroll was getting curled from the wind and us walking by all the time. i used french cleats to hang these photos so they never look crooked. definitely a bit more expense than nails but worth the mental frustration of fixing the pictures daily.

my spring eclectic vignette. a huge terrarium, a modern lantern and some kitschy vintage bird statues.

one of my favourite new plants. the calathea lancifolia or "rattlesnake"

and my favourite new part of the makeover. we have had a crate shelf here for a few years and although i really loved it, it was a dark look for our stuff AND is was a fur sucker upper.

the bottom shelf needed constant vacuuming and i guess i knew because it wasn't attached to the wall eventually a little girl might try to pull that sucker over.

we used plain steel L brackets and painted them black and attached live edge boards we cut and i treated with beeswax. the look is simpler, cleaner and suits our space.

i did jump on the black door trend in this room. i debated how many to paint and what parts to paint. in this front foyer there are 4 sets of doors. patio doors, front door, closet and door to the garage aka my workshop. i decided against the front door as franklin tends to jump up when we get home and i don't really want to constantly be touching it up and we also didn't paint the closet door as i wanted the focus to be the shelves not the door.

you can see a quick phone pic below before we painted the patio doors black. i love the contrast it is adding and your eye really leads outside now.

the best part about these shelves is the collections they hold. i have a pretty large flower frog collection going and most of it lives here now. we have bits from travel and our african pieces as well.

and i also snuck a newborn foot mold of emma's onto the shelf........

emma's foot and a female tigers foot. good company together.

Thanks for stopping by and i will try not to leave so much time before my next visit. I actually have some great spring photos of the shop to share soon.

As always,


Saturday, March 11, 2017

INSPIRATION: terrain style chalkboarding

We all need it in our lives. 
Inspiration to come up with new ideas, new plans.
To live our lives.
To make dinner
To get dressed.
To pick pillows.
To pick wall colours.

In my business I need it almost daily to make my brain turn over into the ideas and displays that create the environment I want people to experience when they enter the shop.
From the music you hear walking in the door, the scent that enters your mind and the displays that give you the visual stimulus to bring ideas you need for your own home.

One of my main sources of far away inspiration is Terrain. 
The garden store run by Anthropologie. The closest one to me is almost a 6 hour drive and I have plans to visit this spring in person and wander around with my mouth hanging open.

Now this little shop of mine is small in comparison to Terrain.
And of course small business owned so the sheer volume of product they have is for the moment not close to possible in our small region but I try to blend together the outdoor plant loving lifestyle into all aspects of the shop.

Once it was time for the red to get dropped in the back of the shop and spruce up the chalkboard wall for spring, I stayed after the shop closed one night and ripped the stock down to put it back up.

The fun part of this wall was actually nothing new at the time had come in to make this happen. I just moved and re-jujjed the products we had to go from winter to spring.

***please note that this wall was completed a couple weeks ago and stock has changed/sold so may not be exactly the same when visiting ***

Jill keeps laughing every time I come in from finding vintage and antiques because everything seems to have a weird  wonderland "alice through the looking glass" vibe lately.
I have come across so many rabbit items, top hats, giant heavy pocket watches from yesteryear that I think there may be a white rabbit following me around.

Or maybe that giant clock was a reminder that I should probably set my clocks forward 10 minutes so I am on time.

So who's feeling inspired for the next season.

I say every upcoming season is my favourite but truly I think it is just the bit of change and freshness each new season brings that is really the favourite part.

Have a great weekend everyone,

Don't forget to change your clocks


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Oliver and Rust at home: winter living room feels

Happy Tuesday morning all.

As we approach spring in these parts I thought it high time to share how our living room has been looking and feeling for the winter months. Simple tones, lots of plants and of course lots of textiles.

I did put the few baby items away for these photos but so far we are not drowning in baby bits. Her leaf chair is black and grey and fits right in and we just invested in an activity centre that also isn't hideous. So far mommy isn't losing her head with the bright goodies.

our full winter mantel. a mixture of geometric terrariums, woven demijohns, trophies, brass and african. 

i brought out the lightbulb sculptures that trevor makes for an airy looking display. i love that black and brown looking dish which is actually petrified wood. it's so unique looking and i like it just sitting empty.

 namaste mr. buddha

this is one of my new favourite simple green plants. it is called fittonia [when i was proof reading this post, the damn auto correct kept changing the name of this plant so fingers crossed it comes out alright] and always looks great in a mound. i used an old parts drawer and made a long display. it also isn't a light fussy plant and seems to be doing just great in a semi-low light situation

the barrel table in the front hall is a little bit more on the eclectic side than usual. i brought out one of our large double sided african helmet masks, our collection of chinese calligraphy brushes, ostrich eggs and our bamileke hat [from the same people as the now famous juju hats you see everywhere]

So that's our little bits of vignettes in our main living space for the rest of the winter months until it comes time to start pulling out the spring birds and flowers which I'm feeling like might be soon.

We are actually hoping this coming weekend to do a little redo in our front hallway as the crates that have been used as shelves for a few years need to go prior to a little one starting to walk and pulling them over onto herself. Plus you know, I want to paint so it's a good excuse.

Have a good day everyone,

It's a fun filled day of greenhouses and dirt at the shop as the first of our trio of terrarium classes commences tonight.